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City Prepares for Sandy

29-Oct-2012
Officials with the City of Saint John are preparing for potential effects caused by a powerful storm that is making its way up the Eastern seaboard.

Heavy rain and strong winds are being forecasted for this evening and tomorrow. The City of Saint John Transportation and Environment Services and Saint John Emergency Management Organization (Saint John EMO) will be monitoring weather conditions. City crews are clearing and maintaining drainage paths and preparing barricades and equipment to be used in the event of flooding.

Residents in low-lying areas or areas susceptible to flooding should take steps to prepare for potential flooding. Residents are advised to check eaves troughs and drainage swales, as well as catch basins or ditches on or near their property for debris. Residents are also advised to safely secure and/or store outside furniture and other loose items.

Residents are advised to use caution when driving and to observe barricades in the event of road closures. Police will be monitoring any flooded roads and taking appropriate measures, including enforcement to ensure compliance with barricades and/or traffic signs, and obeying signals.

Saint John Water will be monitoring water quality closely in the two surface water supplies – Latimer Lake and Spruce Lake. As well, crews are completing preparatory maintenance work in advance of the rainfall to ensure wastewater pumping stations and wastewater treatment facilities are prepared for heavy rains.

Please listen to local radio stations or check the City of Saint John website  for updates or special announcements related to the effects of the storm.

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